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Preview — Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
Next Generation Leader
Stanley offers a summary of his views on leadership at the end of the book:
•Play to your strengths. Delegate your weaknesses.
•Be clear in the face of uncertainty.
•Find a leadership coach.
•Maintain your character.
I listened to the book from Christian Audio (thanks to them for the review copy), so I'll just record most of the thoughts that struck me and interested me enough to pause and write them down. They'll track more or less with the outline above.
•Do what you're gifted to do a ...more
The strength of the book comes in its simple, straight-forward, and encouraging counsel on how to lead. For example, Stanley reminds us that, as leaders, it is wise for us to spend our time doing what we are naturally shaped and gifted to ...more
This isn't a bad book, it's just unnecessary. It doesn't offer anything new. If you've read a few books by the usual leadership suspects (Covey, Blanchard, Maxwell, et al.) then Next Generation Leader is merely another iteration of the same. Stanley's church is much different than the kind of church I prefer--and that's fine; I'm happy with variety in the Christian faith--and that background put me off at some points in the book. Some of Stanley's comments are fine for the business world but fee...more
Andy takes several of the leadership lessons you would read from the famous authors such as John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Rick Warren, and the writers of the bible and delivers a book structured around what he calls the five most important traits for future leaders: competence, courage ...more
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Can a "servant leader" go success in business environment? we can deny principles of post heroic management traits and "level 5" leadership capabilities.. But to my honest opinion,"servant leaders will workout in business environment if they can really "influenze" and above all they should be really selfless.The leader who get to top in the career the one who is more competitive.They will develop ideas but it should not gratify and go to heads.. ...more
Book thoughts – I liked many of his thoughts on leadership. His thoughts on honing in on your strengths and making sure you live out your priorities were encouraging. Today it’s so easy to get sidetracked. So easy to crave power and fame and lose what is most valuable to you i ...more
Based on the title, I though Andy Stanley’s book, Next Generation Leader, was going to be focused on young leaders and the challenges that they will face in the future of ministry. I was considering the book for one of you core au ...more
I appreciated this book. It was short enough to not be cumbersome or wordy and still gave time to share a couple of stories within the various chapters. I think Andy is a great communicator and it comes through in his writing and makes this an enjoyable read.
Now, if you are a leader and have devoted any time to reading from ...more
On my list of all-time great truths is Stanley's encouragement: "Only do what only you can do."
When Stanley described his distaste for party planning, I knew exactly how he felt. I too have struggled with this very issue. If I hate a task, I tend to think everyone else hates doing it as well. So I continue to do it, not wanting to burden someone else. It always shocks me to discov ...more
All in all, a g ...more
The guy knows more about leadership than anyone I'm aware of.
Just got done listening to his leadership podcast too.
Check it out here:
And try to ignore the fact that the last three numbers in that link are 666. Andy is not the Anti-christ. There. I said it.
Anyway, I feel like if I can master the idea of doing less to accomplish more my life and ministry will take a quantum leap forward.
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Admitting a weakness is a sign of strength. Acknowledging weakness doesn’t make a leader less effective.
Everybody in your organization benefits when you delegate responsibilities that fall outside your core competency. Thoughtful delegation will allow someone else in your organization to shine. Your weakness is someone’s opportunity.
Leadership is not always about getting things done “right.” Leadership is about getting things done through other people.
The people who follow us are exactly where we have led them. If there is no one to whom we can delegate, it is our own fault.
As a leader, gifted by God to do a few things well, it is not right for you to attempt to do everything. Upgrade your performance by playing to your strengths and delegating your weaknesses.
There are many things I can do, but I have to narrow it down to the one thing I must do. The secret of concentration is elimination.
Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.
My competence in these areas defines my success as a pastor.
A sixty-hour workweek will not compensate for a poorly delivered sermon. People don’t show up on Sunday morning because I am a good pastor (leader, shepherd, counselor).
In my world, it is my communication skills that make the difference. So that is where I focus my time.
To develop a competent team, help the leaders in your organization discover their leadership competencies and delegate accordingly.
Once you step outside your zone, don’t attempt to lead. Follow.
The less you do, the more you will accomplish.
Only those leaders who act boldly in times of crisis and change are willingly followed.
Accepting the status quo is the equivalent of accepting a death sentence. Where there’s no progress, there’s no growth. If there’s no growth, there’s no life. Environments void of change are eventually void of life. So leaders find themselves in the precarious and often career-jeopardizing position of being the one to draw attention to the need for change. Consequently, courage is a nonnegotiable quality for the next generation leader.
The leader is the one who has the courage to act on what he sees.
A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody else is whispering privately. It is not his insight that sets the leader apart from the crowd. It is his courage to act on what he sees, to speak up when everyone else is silent. Next generation leaders are those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside.
The first person to step out in a new direction is viewed as the leader. And being the first to step out requires courage. In this way, courage establishes leadership.
Leadership requires the courage to walk in the dark. The darkness is the uncertainty that always accompanies change. The mystery of whether or not a new enterprise will pan out. The reservation everyone initially feels when a new idea is introduced. The risk of being wrong.
Many who lack the courage to forge ahead alone yearn for someone to take the first step, to go first, to show the way. It could be argued that the dark provides the optimal context for leadership. After all, if the pathway to the future were well lit, it would be crowded.
Fear has kept many would-be leaders on the sidelines, while good opportunities paraded by. They didn’t lack insight. They lacked courage.
Leaders are not always the first to see the need for change, but they are the first to act.
Leadership is about moving boldly into the future in spite of uncertainty and risk.
You can’t lead without taking risk. You won’t take risk without courage. Courage is essential to leadership.”